Lake Jackson

Lake Jackson is one of the oldest reservoirs in the United States. Jackson has transitioned from a trophy largemouth bass lake to lots more spotted bass making up the bass catch. Crappie fishing is good on Jackson, and the lake is home to some huge catfish. The Lloyd Shoals Dam was built in 1910 by Central Georgia Power Company, and electricity was originally generated for the city of Macon. At 4,750 acres, Lake Jackson is small compared to other Georgia reservoirs.

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Lake Jackson Fishing Report – May 2022

By GON Staff | April 28, 2022

Jackson: Level: 0.4 feet above 1071. Temp: 65-68 degrees. Clarity: Some color all the way to the dam. Visibility is 2 to 3 feet at the dam and the stain increases as you go up lake. The rivers are clearing until the next rain hits.  Bass: Tournament angler Karl Pingry reports, “A lot of bass are on the beds or guarding fry. Smaller baits such as 4-inch Senkos seems to work better than full-sized baits to get the bass to bite. A shaky head, tube or small lizard will also work. There is a shad spawn all over the lake, but not all places have bass with them. My buddy hit two areas: in one he zeroed, in the other he caught more then 10. Those bass were caught on a spinnerbait, although a ChatterBait or crankbait would also be good baits to try. There is some schooling activity, too,…

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Shad Spawn, Bream Beds For Jackson Bass

Frogs, jigs and Spooks will all catch bass at Lake Jackson in May. Postspawn bass will be feeding on bluegill and shad in shallow pockets, and when the shad are spawning and the bluegill bed, the bass bite gets even better. Seawalls, docks and wood are the kinds of cover you want to target during…

Jackson Angler Wins $5,000 In Berry’s Hawg Pot

There’s still $14,000 worth of largemouth bass swimming around Lake Jackson right now. Sound too good to be true? Larry Cason, of Newborn, will tell you it’s true. Less than two weeks ago, he found himself $5,000 richer after catching a Lake Jackson bucketmouth. It’s been about a dozen years since Bobby Berry began what is called the “Hawg Pot”…

Jackson Bass Cold, Shallow And Active

If you like fishing crankbaits in shallow water for largemouth and spots, Lake Jackson should be on your radar for February fishing. For many years, Jackson was the lake for anglers to fish if they wanted to catch a bragging-sized largemouth in the winter. Those 7-lb. largemouth aren’t as common as they used to be—maybe…

Fishing Trip Turns Tragic At Lake Jackson

Game Wardens from the Georgia DNR Law Enforcement Division recovered the body of Amelia Whitlock, 9, of Jackson, in the Turtle Cove area of Lake Jackson in Jasper County at approximately 7:55 on Monday evening. The victim was riding in a vessel early Sunday morning with her father, Charles Whitlock, 31, also of Jackson, when…

Chase The Shade For Jackson Topwater Bass

The Dog Days are here. It’s miserably hot when you go fishing, the water temperature is as high as it gets, and the oxygen content is low. All indicators just point to staying at home under the air conditioner. But for us die-hard bass fishermen, staying home is not an option. The good news is…

Lake Jackson Record Fish

Largemouth Bass14-lbs., 7-ozs.John Burnett03/09/86
Spotted Bass6-lbs., 0.03-ozs.Bill Haines06/08/18
Black Crappie3-lbs., 8.5-ozs.Barry Massey04/16/91
White Crappie1-lb., 2-ozs.Dylan Peppers05/31/05
Yellow Perch1-lb., 6-ozs.Rusty Tate02/06/19
Hybrid Bass15-lbs., 2-ozs.Jack Anderson04/16/92
Shellcracker2-lbs., 3-ozs.Jeff Weege04/22/92
Common Carp35-lbs., 12-ozs.*Donald Clark1972
Chain Pickerel2-lbs., 9.28-ozs.Hunter Parker04/20/21
Flathead Catfish63-lbs., 11-ozs.Donald Kennedy04/13/16
Channel Catfish16-lbs., 10.56-ozs.Grant Burroughs02/13/17
Blue Catfish46-lbs., 7-ozs.Luke Chandler11/15/18
Striped Bass27-lbs.Scott HayesJune 1985
Warmouth0.88-lbs.Hunter Parker03/21/21